Melanie Conklin

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Wisconsin Ranks 17th in Generosity

Wisconsin Ranks 17th in Generosity

Though much better at volunteering than giving money.

Kaul Pushes Assembly for Rape Kit Bill

Kaul Pushes Assembly for Rape Kit Bill

AG wants legislation to ensure no more backlog of untested sexual assault kits.

Where Have All The Hunters Gone?

Where Have All The Hunters Gone?

Millennials less likely to hunt. To counter decline state looks to women and children.

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

With no explanation, Fitzgerald stopped bipartisan bill providing grants to homeless shelters.

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Assembly and Senate seldom in session. Just 21 bills passed in 2019 while typical average is more than 300.

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

"I don’t expect a big issue” or “holy wars”, Rep Hintz says. Wrong.

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Governor’s fired Agriculture Secretary now the Department of Administration’s director of business and rural development.

Evers, Blank Plan $15 Minimum Wage

Evers, Blank Plan $15 Minimum Wage

Raises for all state and UW-Madison workers in 2020/2021

Gasp, It’s a Holiday Tree!

Gasp, It’s a Holiday Tree!

So says Gov. Evers about Capitol tree, with the added theme, “Celebrate Science.”

Paging 402,000 People Lacking Health Care

Paging 402,000 People Lacking Health Care

Evers administration urges enrollment in state health insurance marketplace. You have until December 15.

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

Republican Finance Committee co-chairs refuse Evers request for 60 new hires in state government.

Op Ed: Vos, Fitzgerald Scared of Gun Reforms
Op Ed

Vos, Fitzgerald Scared of Gun Reforms

Scared bill could threaten reelection of some GOP legislators — and give Evers a win.

Democrats Push Paid Family Leave Bill

Democrats Push Paid Family Leave Bill

Modeled after other states, bill creates insurance trust fund paid for entirely by employees.

Sean Duffy Joins the “CNN Family”

Sean Duffy Joins the “CNN Family”

And he’s already getting attacked for peddling conspiracy theories.

State Resists Immunizations

State Resists Immunizations

Wisconsin ranks 35th in percent of immunized children, yet bipartisan bill to address problem is stalled in committee.

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

Republicans pass controversial rule changes, and accommodation for quadriplegic lawmaker, on party line votes.

“Hemp is as American as the Constitution”

“Hemp is as American as the Constitution”

Industrial hemp has great potential as a cash crop for Wisconsin farmers.

Suicide Texting Hotline Money Finally Released

Suicide Texting Hotline Money Finally Released

Republican-led Joint Finance Committee held up releasing funds for almost three months

Evers’ Requests AG Opinion on State Agency Rule making

Evers’ Requests AG Opinion on State Agency Rule making

This is the first request made public on the DOJ's website that allows for public opinion.

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

Could Illinois become a tourist destination for Wisconsinites that like marijuana?

The “Fitz” Train Is Rolling

The “Fitz” Train Is Rolling

Scott Fitzgerald’s run for Congress embraces Trump and anti-union Right to Work law.

State Task Force Hears From Chemical Lobby

State Task Force Hears From Chemical Lobby

American Chemistry Council fights regulation of dangerous chemicals.

What Polls Show About the Legislature

What Polls Show About the Legislature

Voters have net positive view of Legislature but negative toward Vos, split on Fitzgerald.

Choose Life Program Still a Mystery

Choose Life Program Still a Mystery

President says group had nothing to do with bill that would give it $500,000 from the state.

Kaul Rejects Settlement with Oxycontin

Kaul Rejects Settlement with Oxycontin

Attorney General says estimated $12 billion settlement with 23 states doesn’t go far enough.

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

AG says legislative oversight stalls cases, makes lower settlements for taxpayers likely.

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Evers appointee Melissa Hughes takes over long-troubled state jobs agency.

50 Years of Jim Sensenbrenner

50 Years of Jim Sensenbrenner

The numbers, the gruffness, the tales. And who will run for his seat?

Working for Clean Energy a Tricky Task

Working for Clean Energy a Tricky Task

Polls show bipartisan support, but how you talk about it matters.

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

Latest rankings show mixed results, but increased state funding could help.

State Treasurer Backs Climate-Friendly Investing

State Treasurer Backs Climate-Friendly Investing

“We believe in science” and “investment in renewable energy," Godlewski declares.

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

Not one attended hearing on UW Regents policy that suspends or expels students for disrupting speeches.

Wisconsin Has 15 Hate Groups

Wisconsin Has 15 Hate Groups

More than in Iowa or Illinois. Southern Poverty Law Center finds 30% rise in U.S. hate groups.

About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

Media firestorm about college degree part of wide-ranging Isthmus feature story.

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Loophole lets big box stores lower their taxes while effectively raising taxes for residents.

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

New analysis shows the cost to taxpayers per job outweighs the return.

GOP Suit Slaps Kaul on Lame Duck Laws

GOP Suit Slaps Kaul on Lame Duck Laws

AG contests lawsuit, calling it “attempt to undermine public safety in Wisconsin.”

Vos Previews Assembly’s Fall Agenda

Vos Previews Assembly’s Fall Agenda

Possible legislation in three areas: water quality, suicide prevention and adoption.

Student Debt Earns State a Bad Ranking

Student Debt Earns State a Bad Ranking

Report finds Wisconsin 6th highest in percent of former students with debt.